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Richard R. Jenczka, assistant state attorney general

Sept. 23, 1920 – April 17, 2013

Richard R. Jenczka, a former assistant state attorney general, died Wednesday in his South Buffalo home after a short illness. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He was a graduate of Canisius College and the University of Buffalo Law School and served in the Navy stateside during World War II.

After establishing a private law practice, Mr. Jenczka became a pleading commissioner for the State Liquor Authority, hearing cases across the state.

In the 1960s and 1970s, he was an assistant attorney general under Louis K. Lefkowitz and later became a hearing officer for the state Department of Motor Vehicles. He closed his practice in 1984.

In retirement, Mr. Jenczka wintered in Pompano Beach, Fla., and enjoyed golf and horse racing.

A supporter of the arts, he held season tickets for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Studio Arena Theatre, where his wife served on the women’s committees.

His wife of 59 years, Rita Rejent Jenczka, a teacher, died in 2008.

Survivors include a son, Donald, and a daughter, Ann Marie Caldiero.

Services were private.

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